Montie Vernon “Jack” Goggin

Montie Vernon “Jack” Goggin

Montie Vernon “Jack” Goggin of Lesterville passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018. He was 93. 

He was born the first son of Oscar and Bessie (Adams) Goggin of Lesterville on Sept. 8, 1924. 

He served in the U. S. Army in Alaska for two years during World War II. 

He and Nova Arizona King met at their church and they were married on June 20, 1947. 

Jack was known and respected in the community as a hardworking and generous man. He would go for daily walks and make several stops along the way just to chat with neighbors and friends. Many people counted him as a friend and neighbor because he never met a stranger. He loved life, people, and God. His vocation was farming, construction, and long-haul trucking. 

When he left on a truck job, he brought Nova to visit with the family in St. Louis. This way she didn’t have to be alone and could do some shopping.

 Jack served the Lord with diligence from the time he was 11. He was honored for 60 years of service as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Lesterville, where he taught Sunday School for many years. 

Jack helped one of his brothers through college and insisted that he stay in school when he wanted to quit. He prayed for that brother until he came back to God. 

Jack and Nova hosted a King family gathering many summers on July 4th weekends.  

When Nova was battling cancer and had to be placed on Hospice, she stayed with her sister in St. Louis. Jack was there by her side, before she joined Jesus in heaven.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nova; his sisters, Maxine Walker, Betty Turnbaugh, and Jessie Chitwood; and brothers, Clifford Goggin and Charles Goggin. 

He is survived by brothers, Bill Goggin and Jim (Belinda) Goggin; and many nephews, nieces, and other family members.

The funeral service was on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Lesterville First Baptist Church. Burial was at the Rayfield Cemetery in Lesterville.